How To Crochet The Popcorn Stitch


Learn how to crochet the popcorn stitch in this step-by-step tutorial.

This stitch is fun to create and adds lots of texture to your work.

It adds thickness and can be used in many patterns from washcloths, and blankets to accessories.

How to crochet the popcorn stitch

Popcorn Stitch

The popcorn stitch (abbreviated pop or pc) is a nicely rounded, compact oval that stands out from the fabric.

It takes a bit more time to make than other raised stitches, but it’s well worth the effort.

You can work popcorn stitches so that they “pop” to the front or the back of the fabric, depending on where you want them to stand out.

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popcorn stitch wash mitt example

Crochet Popcorn Stitch

This stitch is similar to making the shell stitch, as you use double crochets to make a fan shape and then join that together to make a bobble.

It may seem complicated, but once you try it out, you will see how easy it is!

Take a look through the step-by-step tutorial below.

You can watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel here.

Please note this tutorial uses US terms.

How To Crochet The Popcorn Stitch

  1. Step 1  – Make a foundation chain

    Choose your crochet hook and yarn, then make a foundation chain (ch) with an odd number of stitches, for example, you could chain 19 stitches, to begin with.crochet chain and crochet hook

  2. Step 2 – Work 1 row of single crochet

    Starting in the second chain from the hook, insert hook into the 2nd chain from the hook and work one row of single crochet.row of single crochet

  3. Step 3 – Create the first popcorn stitch

    In the second row, you will chain 1 then work like this into the next stitch (which is the first dc – double crochet);
    To make a popcorn stitch – work 5 double crochets into the same stitch.
    This should look like a fan or shell.
    How double crochet (dc) for beginners
    the back of the popcorn stitch row

  4. Step 4 – Place the hook into the first double crochet

    Pull up the loop you are working with so it is safe from being pulled out.
    Take your hook out of the loop.
    Then place it onto the first of the five double crochet stitches you have made.
    creating a fan of crochet stitches

  5. Step 5 – Place your hook into the working loop

    Keeping your hook in that first double crochet stitch, now also hook the working loop.
    Once that loop is on your hook, you can tighten it up again. making a crochet bobble for the popcorn stitch

  6. Step 6 – Create a popcorn by closing up that stitch

    Pull the working loop through the loops of the first double crochet stitch.
    This will create the popcorn shape.crochet bobble and row of single crochet

  7. Step 7 – Complete a row of popcorn stitches

    Complete the row of popcorn stitches by following this;
    *Work 1 single crochet, then 1 popcorn stitch*
    Repeat this across the row and end with 1 single crochet (sc).
    Remember to form the popcorn stitch you need to work 5 double crochets (dc) into the same stitch. The right side will look like the image below.
    row of popcorn stitches

  8. Step 8 – Turn the work

    When you have completed your row of popcorn stitches, it is time to chain 1 and turn the work.
    On the reverse side (the wrong side row), you work 1 row of single crochet.
    The top of the popcorn stitches don’t look like little V’s but they are the straighter stitches between the V’s.working the reverse side of the popcorn stitch row

Popcorn Stitch Crochet Patterns

The popcorn stitch can use up lots of yarn, so make sure you have enough for whatever pattern you decide to make.

The popcorn stitch looks similar to the bobble stitch but the process is slightly different.

Make sure you check your pattern for whichever stitch it is asking you to use.

An easy way to practice is to make this popcorn stitch wash mitt! – Crochet Wash Mitt Pattern {The Popcorn Stitch}

popcorn stitch example in cotton

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